Topic archives: retail

Amazon block is an act of contempt by corporate elites and their political lackeys

June 1, 2018 27

Consumers are the losers when powerful interests convince governments to protect them from competition. Look no further than Amazon's geoblocking of Australia.

Scenes from a wage case

March 16, 2018 7

Retailers, apparently oblivious to irony or self-preservation, want wages cut because people aren't spending much in shops.

Why does the Australian media love Amazon?

November 21, 2017 8

The Australian media has been buying into the Amazon love-in as it prepares to launch here, and it's not just the usual suspects.

Cash-strapped Aussies buying less as wages, retailers languish

November 6, 2017 17

The Australian Retailers Association responded with undisguised alarm to the latest figures.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

November 3, 2017 9

Penalty-rate cuts come back to bite ... pork-barreling less hilarious than it sounds ... Oh, the F-35 seems to have problems ...

Employers demand wage cuts despite Reserve Bank fretting about growth

September 21, 2017 2

Employers remain convinced the biggest problem in Australia is not being able to slash workers' wages, despite real wages falls.

Addicted to cash: why Labor won’t dump the SDA

August 28, 2017 8

Labor is campaigning hard against organisations that want to undermine penalty rates -- but will quietly look the other way if you give it enough money.

The government’s PaTH helps big business and keeps wages stranded at low levels

July 4, 2017 34

The government knows there's a problem with wage stagnation, but it can't help itself in working to cut wages.

Wage growth at all-time low, so time to cut penalty rates

February 23, 2017 14

Attacking penalty rates will mean yet further downward pressure on wages at a time when even the government and the Reserve Bank are growing worried about lack of wage growth, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Government’s internet shopping tax a dud, doesn’t look like it did in the picture

February 16, 2017 6

Retailers claimed it would save billions a year and thousands of jobs, but the government's punitive crackdown on online shopping at the behest of retailers will yield minimal revenue.

Who killed Dick Smith? A private equity murder mystery

January 11, 2016 15

Can we really blame Anchorage for the disaster that Dick Smith has become?

Business bites: retail not so bad … a boomlet to be had … Metcash mad …

Business bites: retail not so bad … a boomlet to be had … Metcash mad …

June 5, 2015

Are the retail figures really so dire for the economy? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Rundle: finding peace in the decaying remains of America’s malls

Rundle: finding peace in the decaying remains of America’s malls

November 11, 2014 18

Standing in the hollowed-out carcass of a dying mall, Crikey's writer-at-large catches a glimpse of the transience of modern life.

Your brunch will not get cheaper if penalty rates are quashed

Your brunch will not get cheaper if penalty rates are quashed

October 13, 2014 13

Industry groups say penalty rates should be wound back to "protect small business". This is nonsense, say Giri Sivaraman and Alana Heffernan of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Myer is My Disaster: can anyone save the ailing retail giant?

Myer is My Disaster: can anyone save the ailing retail giant?

October 8, 2014 6

Myer has been on a long, slow journey to fashion irrelevance. A former Myer executive says it can be saved -- but current boss Bernie Brookes is probably not the man for the job.

Crikey Clarifier: Lowy loses, so what now for Westfield?

Crikey Clarifier: Lowy loses, so what now for Westfield?

May 30, 2014

Yesterday was a rough day for Australia's second-richest man, with the future of his shopping centre empire uncertain.

Myer and DJs can see the future, and its name is H&M

Myer and DJs can see the future, and its name is H&M

May 7, 2014 4

Department stores are a relic of a lost age, and the explosion of online retail and the excitement around stores like H&M prove it. It's time to get with the times, writes business director and commentator John Addis.

There’s no other store like David Jones — certainly not Myer

There’s no other store like David Jones — certainly not Myer

March 20, 2014

David Jones is outperforming Myer by a wide margin -- but the entire sector is feeling the pinch. Would a merger really help?

Behind the scenes at DJs, a management coup that wasn’t

Behind the scenes at DJs, a management coup that wasn’t

March 14, 2014 2

Plenty is being said about David Jones chief Paul Zahra and the boardroom machinations that led to the resignations of several directors. Problem is, most of it is rubbish.

Store wars: a new hope for merger between Myer and David Jones?

Store wars: a new hope for merger between Myer and David Jones?

February 5, 2014 4

Would a Myer-David Jones merger rescue the ailing department store giants, or is their model too antiquated to be saved?